Society, Culture, and Information : Literature, Art, and Automated Violence

Course Number: ENGL 148AV
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or 50 or 109AA-ZZ or English 10 or upper-division standing
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 148AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2013
Day(s): MW
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Location: GIRV 1112

This course will look at how violence in the 20th and 21st centuries has moved from human hands to media technologies, or rather the pressing of buttons. We press a button to watch (on TV) or read (on websites) news reports of crimes and terrorist attacks; to buy tickets to Hollywood action movies (or to stream them on our computers); and to launch automated drones or self-guided missiles. The course will pay particular attention to how literary texts, cinema, and video games represent and participate in this automation of violence. Texts will include Highsmith, *The Talented Mr. Ripley,* Burgess, *A Clockwork Orange,* Ballard, *Crash,* McCarthy, *No Country for Old Men.* Films will include *Blowup,* *Peeping Tom,* *Full Metal Jacket,* *No Country for Old Men.*